Product description – The product under consideration (PUC) is “Aceto Acetyl Derivatives of aromatic or hetrocyclic compounds” or “Arylides”. The following forms of arylides are included within the scope of the present application whilst all other forms are excluded:
- Acetoacetanilide or AAA;
- Acetoacet-meta-xylidide or AAMX;
- Acetoacet-o-anisidide or AAOA;
- Acetoacet-O-Toluidide or AAOT;
- Acetoacet-O-chloroanilide or AAOCA.
HS Codes – The product is classified under customs classification 29242920 and 29242990. The product is imported under both these codes. The customs classification is indicative only and in no way binding on the scope of the present investigation.
Uses – Arylides are organic compounds and are used as intermediates to essentially make different kinds of yellow pigments. They also find very small application in other industries like agrochemicals, orange and red pigments.
Countries involved – China PR
Applicants – M/s. Laxmi Organics Industries Limited
Period of investigation – 2019-20
Injury period – 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20
Past investigations involving the product – None
Facts of the present case – The present application was filed pursuant to a significant increase in imports of Arylides from China PR. The applicants demonstrated that the imports had suppressed the prices of the domestic industry and were undercutting its prices. This had adversely impacted the performance of the domestic industry in terms of its profits, sales, market share, cash flow and return on investment. The DGTR has found sufficient prima facie evidence of dumping, injury and causal link, warranting initiation of investigation.
Consumer sector – The consumers of the product would primarily be Dye manufacturers. For limited types of Arylides the consumer may also belong to agrochemical industry.